Burns pa­tients get free treat­ment at Airoli

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Sha­heen Nus­rat (name changed), 27, was seven months preg­nant when a fire at her Bhi­wandi house two years ago left her with 70 per cent burn in­juries.

She de­liv­ered her child but it died soon af­ter de­liv­ery.

She had sus­tained in­juries to her neck, face and hands.

When she was brought to the re­cent sur­gi­cal camp at the Na­tional Burns Cen­tre in Airoli, she did not have much hope.

But, af­ter cor­rec­tive surg­eries in three camps, Nus­rat has re­cov­ered to a great ex­tent.

The ‘Op­er­a­tion Re­store’ camp is con­ducted at the Airoli cen­tre by Ro­tary Club of Dis­trict 3140 thrice a year.

The free sur­gi­cal camp for burns vic­tims across the coun­try has been help­ing burn vic­tims all over the coun­try for the last six years.

“The aim of or­gan­is­ing the camp is to pro­vide as­sis­tance to those vic­tims who can­not af­ford treat­ment at hos­pi­tals. We treat pa­tients for free and pro­vide com­plete treat­ment in­clud­ing pre-op­er­a­tive screen­ing, cor­rec­tive surgery and post-op­er­a­tive care,” said Vishnu Ka­mat from Ro­tary Club of Deonar.

They pro­vide tick­ets to pa­tients and their rel­a­tives who come from other cities.

In the re­cent camp, 39 pa­tients were treated.

Dr Su­nil Keswani, di­rec­tor of Na­tion Burns Cen­tre, said, “The burn de­for­mi­ties surgery at Op­er­a­tion Re­store is be­ing con­ducted by a team of vol­un­teer doc­tors, in­clud­ing sur­geons, anaes­the­si­ol­o­gists and nurses. The surg­eries take about 4 to 5 hours and pa­tients are given around four weeks of post-op­er­a­tive care.”

The camp was ini­tially con­ducted only once a year. But, doc­tors re­alised that some pa­tients needed a fol­low-up, for which they waited an en­tire year.

The hos­pi­tal said pa­tients are cho­sen for the camp af­ter a screen­ing process to gauge whether they are fit for surgery.

The screen­ing is done on Tues­days and Fri­days be­tween 1pm and 3pm at the Na­tional Burns Cen­tre.

Pa­tients can con­tact Dr Shilpa Karnik of the Airoli hos­pi­tal on 022-27793333 or Vishnu Ka­mat on 9820281068.

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